Goals update



Five weeks ago I posted about my goals.

I have two ‘long term goals’ right now

1) To get my body fat into the ‘ideal’ range – for me that means under 25%

2) To complete the London Marathon 2014 in under 5 hours

As both those goals are quite a long way off I’d set myself some smaller ones for a five week period – something closer to hand that I could focus on day to day. I find this approach works really well for me. Those five weeks are now up so I thought I’d update you on how I got on.

Goal 1

To get my body fat to under 30% – achieved! My last body fat reading was 29.8%. At the start of the year my body fat was at over 40% so I’m absolutely delighted with this progress.

Goal 2

To lift 50kg for a bent over row – achieved! Last week I lifted 50.5kg for 3 x 5 reps

Goal 3

To chest press 2 x 15kg – achieved – same as the bent over row – 3 x 5 reps done!

Goal 4

To be able to do a pull up. Hmm. This one hasn’t gone quite so well. Pull ups are hard and I must admit that because I find them difficult I’ve got a bit frustrated with my lack of progress and maybe not practiced as much as I need to. I’ll carry this goal over into my next set and I WILL get there!


You’ll notice that I hadn’t set myself any running related goals. Which was just as well as it turned out as I’ve spent the last five weeks dealing with a number of annoying niggles and injuries. What started out as ITB issues seemed to move into my knee and my physio thinks that I’d created micro tears or strains in a number of the fibres and tendons around my knee. It wasn’t painful, it was just uncomfortable but I needed to rest it to let it heal. Running was out of the question as was anything high impact.

Thankfully things seem to be pretty much healed now and I risked running the National Lottery Anniversary Run last weekend – I couldn’t miss the opportunity to run in the Olympic stadium. I don’t seem to have suffered any ill effects from the race and with some races coming up in September and October it’s time to re-focus on my running.

So I’m setting some more goals for the next 7 weeks and they are as follows:

1) To get my body fat % below 27%

2) To set a new 10K PB in the Women’s Running 10K on September 7th. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I’d like to get around in under 65mins. That would be 7 minutes off my official PB of 72 minutes.

3) To do a pull up. These will not defeat me – I WILL get there!

As the saying goes “a goal without a plan is just a wish”, so how am I going to achieve these?

I’m going to keep to my current training regime of heavy lifting and high intensity interval sessions supplemented by reformer Pilates sessions at Tempo Pilates and yoga classes at Good Vibes Studios. I’m going to maintain my mostly healthy most of the time approach to clean eating and continue with my Intermittent Fasting regime. I’ll add in some running – I comfortably covered 5 miles last weekend having not run at all for 6 weeks previously so I’m feeling confident in that respect.

And finally I will practice, practice, practice my pull ups!


10 thoughts

  1. Good luck with your new goals Becca. It looks like you have made great progress so far. Don’t give up on the pull up. You’ll do it!

    1. Thanks Peter – it won’t beat me but it’s bringing out a side of me that I’ve not seen for a while. One that thinks “it’s too difficult so I won’t even bother”. I’m glad I’ve recognised that now and I won’t give up!

  2. Pull ups took me ages to master, but once you do the first it becomes easier. Keep on plugging away at your practice and you will get there!
    Are you using an assisted pull up machine for your training?

    1. I’ve got a pull up bar at home which I’m using – my (small) gym doesn’t have an assisted pull up machine so I’ve been working on lat pull downs instead. Not as often as I could be though so I need to keep going. Thanks for the encouragement!

      1. Keep it up. Make sure you have someone on hand for the photo of your first pull-up!

      2. Lat pull downs are a great substitution exercise and will certainly help with building power to help you do a pull-up.
        At home, are you using a chair so you can use your legs, to assist you to get to full height? An office chair is good as you can slowly lower the height as you progress.
        Keep going and I’m sure you will get there!

  3. Just wanted to comment and say I’m doing the Women’s Running 10k in September too, and would also like to get under 65mins! My PB is 1:08 so seems like an achievable goal – I’ll be thinking of you! 🙂

    I started Crossfit 2 months ago and pull-ups are also my nemesis! We use resistance bands to assist and you gradually move to thinner bands as you get better – might be worth trying at home? Good luck 🙂


    1. Oh brilliant – I’ll say hi if I spot you there. Good luck with your PB – sounds perfectly achievable. How are you finding Crossfit? I’ve thought about trying it out myself. I might get some resistance bands – a couple of people have mentioned that to me now. Anything to help me make some progress with them – they’re so hard!!

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